There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal the other day entitled "How to Stop Identity Thieves from Targeting Your Child."
The author of the article didn't necessarily lay out a step-by-step process to follow, but she did detail a personal experience at her son's dentist office, as well as mention a few of the things she does to try to protect and monitor her child's personal information.
It is quite unsettling that identity thieves target young children, but not at all surprising.
As the article points out, most acts of identity theft against minors is committed by a family member (for a number of different reasons).
And unfortunately, it is not until the child becomes a young adult and tries to obtain credit that they discover they've been victimized.
If you have children,
- Have you ever thought about your child potentially becoming a victim of identity theft?
- How great do you think the risk of identity theft against your child really is?
- What measures do you take to protect your child's personal information?
- Do you limit access to your child's personal information or do you just give it out all willy-nilly to any company or organization that asks for it and claims they need it?